In awful weather, the first inter-varsity golf croquet match for at least twenty years took place at Carrickmines on the 6th of December. The DIT team was the more experienced, including three former international representatives, and they duly won 4-2.
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The team to represent Ireland in the Home Internationals, to be played at Eastbourne on the weekend of 19/20 June, is
Danny Johnston (C)
Best of luck,
Disappointment in Florida/Fear and Loathing in West Palm Beach.
Stephen Mulliner won the title, coming back from 0-2 down to David Maloof (USA) in the final.
Danny Johnston was the CAI representative at the event and has written a report on his progress at the event.
Danny Johnston is representing Ireland at the World Association Croquet Championships at the National Croquet Centre (NCC) in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Follow his progress at www.croquetscores.com/2016/ac/wcf-world-championship
We wish Danny the best of luck.
The selection for the Irish team is:-
Jack Clingan (C)
Charlie von Schmeider
Sub( non travelling) - Mark Traynor.
Danny Johnston will continue to act as manager pending his own departure to the AC Worlds in Florida.
Nathaniel( for the Selectors).
The following matches have been arranged for the coming season
1. CAI v SCA at Edinburgh on 9 and 10 July (Appleton Trophy)
2. CAI v CA at Carrickmines on 21 and 22 August (McWeeney Trophy)
3. Ireland vs England, Scotland and Wales on 18 and 19 June at Compton CC, Eastbourne
4. Ireland v Great Britain on 3 and 4 September at Carrickmines.
If you wish to be considered for selection please contact Andrew Johnston (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Nathaniel Healy (email@example.com).
The CAI, as a member of the World Croquet Federation has received an invitation to nominate candidates for a coaching course from 3rd May 2016. It covers Association or Golf Croquet and also has a module for training coaches in both games followed by a 2 day tournament.
Applications should be through the CAI for grant approval and place allocation.
Anyone interested should email Nathaniel at firstname.lastname@example.org
See the following documents.
Download: Copy of the invitation email
Download: The details of the course
The entry forms for the 2016 Championships of Ireland, and the Championships of Co Dublin are now available. Click item in Special Notices.
Spectators are always welcome at the international matches and at the Open Championships.
Do come along and see croquet being played at the highest level. We have frequently had world champions playing in these competitions and they are very interesting to watch, even if many of us are wondering exactly why they played a particular stroke. There will be many experienced players watching also who would be very happy to explain what is happening.
The extended Irish squad for the upcoming World Team Golf Croquet Championships has been named and their preparations for the event have began in earnest. The group are aiming to improve upon their performance in the last tournament in Johannesburg where they performed somewhat below potential.